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29 January 2009

Attention to detail

I noticed for the first time today that the Time Machine icon goes counterclockwise…

Isn’t that just neat?

(and one day I’ll figure out how to embed movies in WP…)

Filed under: toys — rpg @ 15:54

17 December 2008

96 cents/litre

… for 98 octane unleaded. I just sent Kate out to fill the car, the jerry can and the bath. She’s going shopping tomorrow, via Canberra. We’re driving up to Brisbane in the New Year… in 3rd gear.

Filed under: stuff,toys — rpg @ 20:42

12 September 2008




Filed under: toys — rpg @ 13:01

22 August 2008

Mug shot

There was a do about iTunes U the other evening. Interesting stuff, cool gadgets, lots of Kool-Aid, wine and canapés. USyd probably won’t do anything though—UNSW are already on board so we can’t possibly. Which is a shame: central admin have no bloody idea, even though the Faculties of Science are actually pretty keen on this kind of thing (they’re paying for me to go to this, for example).

Anyway, the important thing is that I scored a cool freebie:

Apple mug


Filed under: random bloggy stuff,toys,work — rpg @ 6:32

10 July 2008

Up the Apples and pears

What does it say about me, that when on Matt Brown’s blog I read

A quick note to point UK readers in the direction of the new-look Newton’s Apple website

my first thought was “Apple? Newton? Cool!”?

Damn damn damn damn.

Filed under: bugger,toys — rpg @ 19:05

11 June 2008

This cheers me up

Crappy day.  Reading about Paras being blown up by suicide twats doesn’t help.

This, however, makes me feel a bit better:

Typhoon and payload


Filed under: I want one of those for Christmas,toys,weaponry — rpg @ 21:34

30 April 2008

Shepherd’s pie

Compare and contrast:


1. Golf balls

2. deflated



Filed under: nu zillund,toys — rpg @ 13:16

6 April 2008

Email addresses

My first email address was something memorable like Then, when I started my DPhil, I managed to grab Not very cool, but much more memorable.

On leaving Oxford I was saddled with a ‘professional’ email address of, which I never liked (I rapidly went off the management in that company too, so was only stuck with it for two years). About that time I registered a, with username rpg14. That still works, although I seldom check it. When I left ‘cmtech’ and went to work at the MRC-LMB I was fortunate enough to obtain ‘rpg’ as my username. ‘’ was still rather a mouthful, but at least ‘rpg’ was pretty memorable.

I went through quite a few ISP-based email addresses at that time, Tesco, Waitrose, Flyer, NTL . . . before bothering to register Naturally, ‘rpg’ at that works, although I’ve switched off the ‘catch-all’ facility because it gets spammed to buggery. I also got an invite to (thanks CK!); and although ‘rpg’ was taken, ‘rpgrant’ was free. I belatedly realized I should have tagged ‘rpgmail’, so missed out on some coolness there.

On arrival at Sydney Uni, changing my login ID from rgra3423 or whatever it was became a priority, and I was able to reserve ‘rpg’. rpg at usyd . edu . au thus became the coolest email address I’ve ever had, if not the shortest (rpg at rg-d . com is short, but not incredibly memorable. is taken, of course). rpgrant @ my Australian ISP is also mine.

But two weeks ago I found out that the University of Sydney have pulled a real swifty, and created a memorable alias (that is bound to piss off the Yanks, but hey; .edu, as .com and .org, should never have been country-specific).

Ladles and gentlespoons, short and sweet:
my email address

Filed under: meta,toys,work — rpg @ 13:09

22 March 2008


I wish I could say I saw this in the sky last night. . .

Filed under: toys — rpg @ 17:20

24 January 2008

A real Kiwi bloke


We’re back.

Filed under: beer,nu zillund,toys — rpg @ 10:23
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